Eviction Can Be Deadly In Andrew C. Erin’s Havenhurst
The moment I heard about the film Havenhurst I knew I had to watch it, Danielle Harris was in it! I began reading on and saw that Andrew C. Erin was part of the production along with Daniel Ferrands, this reinforced as to why I MUST see this film! Familiar with both Erins and Ferrands work, I knew that Havenhurst would not disappoint, and boy was I right! Witnessing Harris scream like hell and run down the hallways, brought me back to Halloween 4 & 5, and to say the least it was quite satisfying.
Havenhurst felt as though it was a calling card to the Saw Franchise, The People Under The Stairs, and See No Evil, pretty genius, right? A stunning Gothic apartment building disguised as one giant death trap is probably the easiest approach in describing this building. The massive building serves home to recovering addicts that rent out the units. The atmosphere is unsettling and unnerving because of the terror that is lurking around almost every corner. The rent is affordable, and the rules are reasonable, simply live a decent life, and you can stay as long as you like, break the rules, and you’ll lose your life once you receive that pesky eviction notice. Director Andrew C. Erin and his production team captured the rich gothic flow that radiated throughout this film, the building is just as much of a character as anyone else, bringing life to the story.
Havenhurst is a story that deals with addiction, loss and the coping strategies that one uses every day to get by, you do feel the overwhelming sensation of dependency when watching this film, and I caught myself speaking out loud, “Don’t do it, don’t do it!”
Erin and Ferrands do something marvelous and tie their version of the real-life serial killer H.H. Holmes into the film. Holmes had been said to have been responsible for the deaths of 200 people in the late 1800s; this gave Havenhurst a burst of terror with a supporting back story.
The ending of the film was satisfying, and Havenhurst kept my attention the entire time. The ending left it somewhat open for a sequel. However, a prequel might be more appropriate. Everything seemed very real throughout this film, and if you have claustrophobia, this movie will cause you to squirm every so often.
Just when Havenhurst drops the audience off to a familiar place, it plunges you down like a roller coaster at full speed. With the film’s charismatic cinematography nothing is what it seems, and the film whips up a tense and nail-biting experience that genre fans will adore, so come one, let’s check into Havenhurst.
Welcome to Havenhurst, a gothic apartment complex in the heart of New York City’s historic Tudor City district. A beautifully maintained, turn-of-the-century building that houses over 3,000 residents… and countless dark secrets. The rent is what you can afford and the rules are simple: live a good and decent life and you can stay forever. Break the rules and…
JACKIE (Julie Benz), a troubled young woman with an unyielding alcohol addiction, is released from rehab and given a second chance with a new job and a furnished apartment at Havenhurst. Guilt-ridden over the tragic loss of her 8-year-old daughter, Jackie is quickly drawn into the mysteries of Havenhurst, in particular the unsolved disappearance of the apartment’s previous occupant, a young woman (Danielle Harris) she befriended in rehab who disappeared recently without atrace.
Aided by a hardened New York police detective (Josh Stamberg) and a lonely foster child (Belle Shouse) who lives under the shadow of her caretakers’ sadistic whims, Jackie must not only battle her inner demons… but the very real ones that live deep within the walls of Havenhurst.
Havenhurst is now available on VOD and will be available March 7th on DVD.